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    Homemade Power Brush

    I use my power brush all the time to clean rust off steel, clean bolt threads and whatever needs cleaning. This power brush is a upgrade to a 1/2 HP motor which I bought many years ago new but never used. It replaces the 1/4 HP motor my neighbor gave me which I used for many years. I kept the base and square tube riser from the old power brush, then made two cuts in the riser for the 3" angle iron which the new motor sits on, then added straps to hold it down. I works very well.



    Warning, use a face shield and wear safety glasses when using any wire wheel brush. I once had a wire somehow get under my face shield and stick in my face right under my safety glasses frame.
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    Those are perfect for hurling hard to find parts into the darkest recesses of a shop.

    I would also warn to make sure the brush is rated for the motor RPM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbnpp05 View Post
    Those are perfect for hurling hard to find parts into the darkest recesses of a shop.

    I would also warn to make sure the brush is rated for the motor RPM.
    Like all tools that spin you have to be careful and sensible when operating them... you have to remember to hold on tightly to what you are cleaning and not stick things in the wheel at such an angle they will get pulled down in-between the table and brush, or torn out of your hand. I accept and respect the dangers involved in many of the spinning tools I use. Good points though.
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    I saw these on one of the car shows on TV and keep intending to order a set but have not yet. Looks like a nice simple tool for cleaning bolt threads.

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    I wouldn't use an open case motor for any kind of grinding/scale removal, but that's just me.

    Nice job on the stand Tackit.



    A particulate filter face mask is another wise move for heavy rust/scale removal tasks. That stuff is nasty and gets everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spferdil View Post
    I saw these on one of the car shows on TV and keep intending to order a set but have not yet. Looks like a nice simple tool for cleaning bolt threads.

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    Those are neat, I'm going to have to get a set too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Timber View Post
    I wouldn't use an open case motor for any kind of grinding/scale removal, but that's just me.

    Nice job on the stand Tackit.



    A particulate filter face mask is another wise move for heavy rust/scale removal tasks. That stuff is nasty and gets everywhere.
    Thanks Jim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Timber View Post
    I wouldn't use an open case motor for any kind of grinding/scale removal, but that's just me.

    Nice job on the stand Tackit.



    A particulate filter face mask is another wise move for heavy rust/scale removal tasks. That stuff is nasty and gets everywhere.
    I think it would be a good idea to fabricate a guard for the wheel; but that is still a handy tool to have.

    Quote Originally Posted by spferdil View Post
    I saw these on one of the car shows on TV and keep intending to order a set but have not yet. Looks like a nice simple tool for cleaning bolt threads.

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    If I had a bunch of crusty bolts I'd consider getting a set.

    McMaster-Carr has some low cost thread chasing dies that use regular wrenches and can be used in tight spaces. They appear to be made from Grade 8 or better metal from the few I've bought to keep on hand.

    https://www.mcmaster.com/#thread-rep...-dies/=187d62k
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